Bursting on to the scene in the late 1960s, Jonathan Borofsky was an entirely new breed of artist, capable of rendering profoundly humanistic experience through playfully repetitious and at times joyful work. A draughtsman, sculptor, painter, and installation artist, Borofsky showed an early proficiency for drawing having first trained as an architect.
Jonathan Borofsky initially made his reputation with bold and playful works that… Read more
About the artwork
The man with a briefcase is a frequently recurring motif in Borofsky's oeuvre and reappears in the form of cut-out aluminum in this iconic piece. This well-known silhouette was lifted from a newspaper advertisement for men's suits, but Borofsky found a multitude of interpretations in what became an emblem for his artistic practice. The briefcase symbolizes the mind, the source of inspiration. The figure as a whole evokes, as the artist once stated, "the travelling salesman who goes around the world with his briefcase full of images and thoughts".